Thursday, 11 November 2010

Quz 8

Update:  Only two questions remain unanswered.  Anyone who knows the answers to question 5 in either rounds 2 or 6; this is your chance! 

This month’s quz is now available for your perusal.  I finally pitched this one at the right level for our local, but it’s anybody’s guess as to how well that will translate to you people.  The top three scores last night were 34, 31 and 29.  I’ve added the bonus round in again because it involves horror and is therefore awesome.  The highest mark for that round was 4, so there’s room for improvement if you know your Draculas.

Right.  Off you go.

(And yes, I stole a question idea off of Tomsk’s blog.  That should guarantee at least correct answer, I would hope).



Round 1: Words

(Each word contains the letters “DEL”)

1. A decorative or even ornate light fixture which hangs from the ceiling and commonly has multiple branched supports for its lights. (Chandelier)

2. A fortress or stronghold which commands a city, and is used to control the inhabitants and to aid in the city’s defence. (Citadel)

3. A nearly flat plain of alluvial deposit between diverging branches of the mouth of a river. (Delta)

4. A flower with deeply notched leaves which commonly considered a weed, and which is edible in its entirety. (Dandelion)

5. Denoting a heightened or altered state of sensory perception, often whilst under the effects of hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD. (Psychedelic/delirium)


Round 2: Hammers
 
1. What is the name of Thor’s hammer, with which the Norse God could level mountains and control lightning? (Mjollnir)


2. In what year of the 1990’s did MC Hammer release “U Can’t Touch This”? (1990)

3. What football club was originally founded as “Thames Ironworks Football Club” in 1895 (West Ham)

4. Which American steel-driver and folk hero raced against a steam-powered hammer and won, only to die immediately afterward with his hammer in his hand? (John Henry)

5. Set by Yuriy Sedykh in 1986, what is the world record distance for men’s hammer throwing to the nearest ten metres? (90m)


Round 3: Bats

1. What name is given to the dung of bats, along with that of seabirds and seals, and can be used in various compounds including fertilisers, fungicides, and even gunpowder? (Guano)

2. The logo of which spirits company is a black and gold bat inside a red circle with a gold outline? (Bacardi)

3. What wood is most commonly used to create baseball bats, though maple wood bats are now becoming increasingly wide-spread? (Ash)

4. Who wrote the 1874 comic operetta “The Bat”, known in the original German as “Die Fledermaus”? (Johann Strauss)

5. Who played Batman in the original 1960s television series? (Adam West)


Round 4: Musical Cats

1. Which group released the song “The Lovecats” in 1983? (The Cure)

2. Which was the last animated film to bear the phrase “A Walt Disney Production”? (The Aristocats)

3. How many members are there currently in the Pussycat Dolls? (5)

4. Following his conversion to Islam, to what did Cat Stevens change his name? (Yusuf Islam)

5. Who in 1989 released “Opposites Attract” from her debut album “Forever Your Girl”, accompanied by a Grammy award-winning video in which she dances with an animated character named “MC Skat Cat”? (Paula Abdul)


Round 5: Green

1. Which ‘80s comic anti-hero was one of only three people who could produce nuggets of purest green at will? (Blackadder, though Lord Percy and Baldrick will do)

2. The flag of which nation is the only one in the world to be one uniform colour, in this case green? (Libya)

3. Which American rock band released the album “Green” in 1988, which despite its name was coloured orange and featured the song “Orange Crush”? (R.E.M.)

4. Which legendary location is a heaven for sailors, being filled with music, alcohol, and “accommodating ladies”? (Fiddler's Green)

5. In 1989 elements of the US Army‘s “Green Berets” formed part of Operation Just Cause, an attempt to depose Manuel Noriega. Which Central American country did he rule at the time? (Panama)


Round 6: Stuff What Got Set On Fire

1. The Great Fire of London began at the bakery of Thomas Farriner in which London street? (Pudding Lane)

2. First founded in 1966 in Belmont, which bakery lost its principal production plant to a fire in 2004? (Peter's)

3. Who played architect Doug Roberts in the 1974 disaster film The Towering Inferno? (Paul Newman)

4. He was the God of Hellfire, and he gave you: fire! What was his name? (Arthur Brown)

5. In which French city was Joan of Arc burned at the stake for heresy? (Rouen)


General Knowledge

1. How do Ron and Harry rescue Hermione from the troll in the dungeon? (They levitate its own club and hit him over the head with it)

2. The mathematical constant e, also called Euler’s Constant after the 18th Century Swiss mathematician, lies between which two whole numbers? (2 and 3)

3. Software developers released a program last week that automatically offers objections and counter-evidence to anyone denying global warming on what internet social network? (Twitter)

4. Which African country comes first alphabetically? (Algeria)

5. The tetralogy Down With Skool, How To Be Topp, Whizz For Atomms and Back In The Jug Agane chronicle the exploits of which mischievous schoolboy, created by Geoffrey Willans? (Nigel Molesworth)

6. Which spice is ground from chilli peppers, or from bell peppers, which in some languages are given the same name as the spice itself? (Paprika)

7. What name is given to the unit of distance equal to the average distance between the Sun and the Earth? (Astronomical Unit)

8. Which Belgian surrealist artist painted “The Human Condition” and “The Son Of Man”, and at one point was reduced to printing forged bank-notes to acquire money? (Rene Magritte)

9. The national sport of Bangladesh, in which game do two teams occupy opposite halves of a field, and take turns sending one player into the other half, who attempts to tag an opposing player whilst holding their breath (Kabadi)

10. Who killed Cock Robin? (The Sparrow)


Bonus Round

(Each of these five actors who have played Dracula.  In each case I want to know the name of the actor who played Van Helsing opposite them.)

1. Christopher Lee (Peter Cushing)

2. Gary Oldman (Anthony Hopkins)

3. Leslie Nielsen (Mel Brooks)

4. Bela Lugosi (Edward van Sloan)

5. Richard Roxburgh (Hugh Jackman)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Round One
1. Chandelier
3. Delta
4. Dandelion
5. Delirium

Round Two
1. Mjølner
4. John Henry

Round Three
1. Guano
5. Adam West

Round Four
2. The Aristocats
3. Five?
4. Sufjan Stevens
5. Paula Abdul

Round Five
4. Fiddler's Green

Bonus Round
2. Anthony Hopkins
3. Mel Brooks

SpaceSquid said...

That sends us on our way, with twelve right on the main quiz, and two in the bonus round.

SpaceSquid said...

I should also mention that you're the only person to get question 4 right in the second round. I was surprised no-one else had heard of him...

Anonymous said...

I only heard about him because of DC. There's superhero named Steel who was one of the heroes that replaced Superman when he was dead. Steel is partly based on the folklore (being an african-american who's handy with the hammer). Then in New Frontier a forerunner for Steel is going around fighting members of the KKK to the tunes of the Legend Of John Henry's Hammer (check out the Johnny Cash version of it which is particularly awesome).
Steel was also made into a movie starring Shaquille O'Neal.

SpaceSquid said...

I'd heard of Steel, but I'd never made the connection. Interesting.

To be honest, I mainly know about him because of the Bill and Ted cartoon. Though he is of course name-checked in the Sarah Connor Chronicles as well.

Senior Spielbergo said...

Round 1:

1. Chandelier
2. Citadel
3. Delta
4. Dandelion
5. Psychedelic

Round 2

1. Mjolinr
2. Guess 91?
3. London side - Arsenal?
4. Don't know
5.80m?

Round 3

1. Guano
2. Don't know
3. Ash?
4. No idea
5. Adam West

Round 4

1. No idea
2. Aristocats? (On the basis muscal cats rather than knowledge)
3 3?
4. No idea
5. No idea

Round 5

1.
2.
3.
4.
5. Panama

This round sucked!

Round 6

1. Pudding Lane
2. Well it's either Steve Mcqueen or Paul Newman - Steve?
3.
4.
5.

Round 7

1. Knock it out with it's own club
2. 2 and 3 (2.7 something...)
3. Twitter?
4. Algeria
5
6
7. Astronomical Unit
8
9. Kabadi
10.

No idea on bonus round

SpaceSquid said...

That's 18 for S. Spielbergo, and a combined total of 22.

Senior Spielbergo said...

Oh and now I've seen the answer - I have indeed heard of John Henry - from the Steel connection. Didn't get the question though.

Chemie said...

On behalf of me and Tomsk:

Round 1
1.Chandelier
2.Citadel
3.Delta
4.Dandelion
5.Psychodelia

Round 2
1.
2. 1991
3. West Ham
4.
5. 25m

Round 3.
1. Guano
2. Bacardi
3. Willow
4. Strauss
5. Adam West

Round 4.
1.
2.Aristo Cats
3. 5
4.Usef Islam
5. Paula Abdul

Round 5.
1. Blackadder
2.Saudi Arabia
3. REM
4. Fidler's Green
5. Nicuagua

Round 6.
1. Pudding Lane
2. Peters Bakery
3. Paul Newman
4.
5. Calais

General Knowledge
1. Levitate it's club and hit it on the head
2. 2 and 3
3. Facebook
4. Algeria
5. As any fule kno: Nigel Molesworth
6. Paprika
7. Astronomical unit
8. Rene Magritte
9.
10. Some bird
6.

SpaceSquid said...

27 for Chemie and Tomsk, and a new grand total of 33. Already in second place, folks!

Jamie said...

From glancing over the questions, I think my performance will be a bit uneven this time round...

Round 1
1. chandelier
2. citadel
3. delta
4. dandelion
5. psychodelia

Round 2
1. Mjolnir
2. 1990?
3. Crystal Palace?
4.
5. 110?

Round 3.
1. guano
2. Bacardi
3.
4.
5. Adam West

Round 4.
1. The Cure
2. The Aristocats
3. 5?
4. Yusuf Islam
5. Paula Abdul

Round 5.
1. Blackadder
2. Libya
3. R.E.M.
4. Fiddler's Green?
5. Panama?

Round 6.
1.
2.
3. Steve McQueen?
4.
5.

Round 7
1. Fooling it into hitting itself on the head with its club?
2.
3.
4. Algeria?
5. Nigel Molesworth
6. capsicum
7.
8.
9.
10. the sparrow, with his bow and arrow

Bonus round
1.
2. Anthony Hopkins?
3.
4.
5. Hugh Jackman

SpaceSquid said...

24 for Jamie, and a new grand total of 38!

You've also increased the total bonus score to 3, so well done there.

So far, then, team Musings wins the quiz, but is still lagging behind in the bonus round.

JJ said...

Round 1: Words
1. Chandelier
2. Citadel
3. Delta
4. Dandelion
5. Delirium

Round 2: Hammers
1. Mjolnir
2. 1991
3. West Ham
4.
5.

Round 3: Bats
1. Guano
2. Bacardi
3.
4. Strauss
5. Adam West

Round 4: Musical Cats
1. The Cure
2. The Aristocats (can't think of any other cat-based musicals...)
3. eight?
4. Yusuf Islam
5. Paula Abdul

Round 5: Green
1.
2.
3. REM
4.
5. Panama

Round 6: Stuff What Got Set On Fire
1. Pudding Lane
2.
3.
4. Arthur Brown
5. Rouen

General Knowledge
1. Judicious use of Wingardium Leviosaaaaaaaar
2.
3. twitter
4. Algeria
5.
6. Paprika
7.
8.
9.
10. The Sparrow

Bonus Round
1. Peter Cushing
2. Anthony Hopkins
3.
4.
5.

SpaceSquid said...

25 for JJ, and an almighty 39 points for team Musings. You people rock!

Also, JJ gets you to 4 out of 5 in the bonus round, drawing you level with the previous best. We're now down to the men's hammer record, and the man who played Van Hesling opposite Bela Lugosi.

Kudos, my friends. Kudos.